This was an unexpected and fairly chilling surprise. When I visited Sloss Furnace in Birmingham, Alabama a few weeks ago (see photo here), it was decked out for their annual Halloween Sloss Fright Furnace haunted house. I didn’t know that and I was there really early in the morning for a visit. I turned a corner and came face to face with a skeleton dangling from the rafters. It took my brain a bit to catch on, but I enjoyed my daytime visit through this haunted furnace.
This is Vulcan, the largest cast iron sculpture in the world at 56 ft. (17 m). Created as Birmingham, Alabama’s entry in the 1904 World’s Fair, it now sits on Red Mountain overlooking the city.
Sloss Furnace in Birmingham, Alabama was a major producer of pig iron from 1882 to 1971. Now it is a National Historic Landmark and open for tours. I got there early in the morning and had it all to myself. It made for some pretty cool industrial landscape shots. This one was my favorite.
The 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama has a powerful and tragic history. During the civil rights movement of the 1960s, this church served as a major organizational headquarters and rallying point for the community. On September 15th, 1963 the church was bombed and four little girls were killed in the blast. Rebuilt and standing opposite the Civil Rights Institute, it serves as a reminder of a terrible chapter in this country’s history.